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“A Father’s Challenge”
June 16, 2024

 “A Father’s Challenge”  Proverbs 4:1-4  “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. [2] I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. [3] When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, [4] he taught me and said …

Games: Jenga
June 9, 2024

                                                    Games:   Jenga                                                       Matt 7:24-27 Jenga is a great interaction game   The name Jenga is derived from a Swahili word which means “to build”   Leslie Scott launched the game under the trademar …

Games: Battleship
May 26, 2024

Games:   Battleship Matt 18:15    Ephes 6:10-18 The game of Battleship reminds us of what often happens in the midst of everyday life – conflict Often when we feel attacked,  we respond in either a fight or flight mode By our own actions we often set ourselves up for conflict What does Jesus tell us …

Games: Connect Four
May 19, 2024

7 When they cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. 9 I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave y …

The Power of Agency
April 21, 2024

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling …

Pathway of Hope
April 14, 2024
Aaron Tiger

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because …

The Winding Road of Hope
April 7, 2024
Aaron Tiger

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led …

He Arose
March 31, 2024

He Arose John 20:1-18   All kinds of people have born witness to the power and significance of Jesus’ resurrection  Holy Week began with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem The disciples were devastated by Jesus’ death on the cross Mary Magdalene came with the report about the empty tomb So s …

Spiritually FIt: Worship
March 24, 2024
Aaron Tiger

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and …

Spiritually Fit: Confession
March 17, 2024

Spiritually Fit: Confession  I John 1:9 “Spiritually Fit” based on Richard Foster’s classic book “Celebration of Discipline” Spiritual disciplines are means of grace God uses for transformation of our heart, mind and soul God is the one who transforms us, who changes us, who makes us spiritually fit …

Spiritually Fit: Solitude
March 10, 2024
Aaron Tiger

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 General Notes: (MULTILINE) What are some ways that you fill up your life with noise? (MULTILINE) Why do we avoid silence? (MULTILINE) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body     and knit me together in my mother’ …

Spiritually Fit: Simplicity
March 3, 2024

Spiritually Fit: Simplicity Matt 6:25-33   “Spiritually Fit” based on Richard Foster’s classic book “Celebration of Discipline” Spiritual disciplines are means of grace God uses for transformation of our heart, mind and soul God is the one who transforms us, who changes us, who makes us spiritu …

Spiritually Fit: Fasting
February 25, 2024
Aaron Tiger

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! …

Spiritually Fit: Prayer
February 18, 2024

Spiritually Fit: Prayer Matt 6:5-8 Anticipation of spring gets me thinking about physical fitness We also feel better when we exercise our spiritual muscles in ways that draw us closer to God We’ve just entered the season of Lent – 40 days of preparation Some of the spiritual giants before us spent …

Our Great Story: Living the Dream
February 11, 2024

Our Great Story: Living the Dream  Isaiah 43:18-19 We celebrate our rich heritage of impactful ministry We celebrate our Christ centered, Wesleyan Methodist foundation Our mission is: Making disciples of Jesus, changing lives and transforming our world The people of Israel, the people of God were “L …

Our Great Story: Christ Empowered
February 4, 2024

Our Great Story: Christ Empowered I Corinthians 3:7-11   One thing most people recognize is the importance of a good foundation   During pre-marital counseling I emphasize putting down a solid foundation for marriage   Inviting Jesus into the center of the marriage relationship is so important too   …

Our Great Story: Impactful Ministry
January 28, 2024

Our Great Story: Impactful Ministry Psalm 145:1-7   We all appreciate stories of mighty deeds or accomplishments In this series we want to celebrate what God has done, is doing and will do at Christ Church As Christ followers, we love to hear and tell the stories of God’s mighty acts / accompli …

He will be Called…Prince of Peace
December 24, 2023

He will be Called…Prince of Peace                                                            Isaiah 9:6-7      Isaiah spoke of a coming ruler For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasti …

He will be Called… Everlasting Father
December 17, 2023

He will be Called…   Everlasting Father                                                          Isaiah 9:6-7       Isaiah spoke of a coming ruler For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Ever …

He will be Called… Mighty God
December 10, 2023

  He will be Called… Mighty God    Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah spoke of a coming ruler For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) Though h …

He Will Be Called… Wonderful Counselor
December 3, 2023

He Will Be Called…  Wonderful Counselor  Isaiah 9:6   Isaiah spoke of a coming ruler    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) …

Thankful Hearts
November 19, 2023

Thankful Hearts  Psalm 103:1-5  Psalm 103:1-5 (NASB)  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.  2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;  3  Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4  Who redeems your life from the pit, Wh …

More Margin: Moral Margin
November 12, 2023

                                                                   Moral Margin                                                         James 1:12-16 Living life with margin is better         When margin increases our relationship intimacy increases          When scheduling margin increases we can s …

More Margin: Financial Margin
November 5, 2023

More Margin: Financial Margin  Proverbs 21:20   In our culture today, financial stress is normal Margin: The amount available beyond what is necessary   What does financial margin look like in our everyday lives?   In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish m …

More Margin: Scheduling Margin
October 29, 2023

 More Margin: Scheduling Margin  Ephesians 5:15-17   Busyness has a way of swallowing up our margin   Our Culture tries to pull us into a margin-less lifestyle   Margin: The amount available beyond what is necessary   15  Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as …

More Margin: Our need for Margin
October 22, 2023

 More Margin: Our need for Margin  Luke 10:38-42 The pace of modern life is very hectic Most people have little margin for the most important things in life Margin: The amount available beyond what is necessary The example of two Sisters: 38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to …

More Margin: Our need for Margin
October 22, 2023

 More Margin: Our need for Margin  Luke 10:38-42   The pace of modern life is very hectic Most people have little margin for the most important things in life Margin: The amount available beyond what is necessary   The example of two Sisters:   38  As Jesus and his disciples were on t …

Armor of God: Sword of the Spirit
October 15, 2023

 Armor of God: Sword of the Spirit  Ephesians 6:13-18   Paul encourages us to put on the full armor of God We can be equipped with spiritual armor for everyday life Paul also encourages us to take the sword of the spirit  “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit.” Ephesians 6:1 …

Armor of God: Helmet of Salvation
October 8, 2023

 Armor of God: Helmet of Salvation  Ephesians 6:13-17   Paul encourages us to put on the full armor of God   We can be equipped with spiritual armor for everyday life   Paul encourages us to put on the helmet of salvation    “Take the helmet of salvation….” Ephesians 6:17   What …

Armor of God: Gospel of Peace
September 24, 2023

 Armor of God: Gospel of Peace  Ephesians 6:13-15; Romans 12:18   We are in a spiritual battle and it’s challenging We need the full armor of God    “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your  ground”. Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)   Shoes …

Armor of God: Breastplate of Righteousness
September 17, 2023

 Armor of God: Breastplate of Righteousness  Ephesians 6:10-14 We are in a spiritual battle and it’s challenging We need the full armor of God    “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your  ground”. Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)   Another aspect …

Armor of God: Belt of Truth
September 10, 2023

Armor of God:  Belt of Truth Ephesians 6:10-18   1 We are in a spiritual battle these days and it’s challenging   2 Paul gives us tremendous insight about how to be equipped for the battles of life   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the …

Perspective: Worry
September 3, 2023

                                                         Perspective:    Worry                                                            Philippians 4:6-7   In the face of hardships Jesus enables you to have a hopeful perspective Living Jesus’ servant lifestyle brings great satisfaction and jo …

Perspective: Different Outlook
August 27, 2023

                                                Perspective:   Different Outlook                                                     Philippians 3:1   Now what?     In the face of hardships Jesus enables you to have a hopeful  perspective Mind-shift:   Living Jesus’ servant lifestyle brings gre …

Perspective: Different Thinking
August 18, 2023

 Perspective: Different Thinking  Philippians 2:1-5   Last week: In the face of hardships Jesus enables you to have a hopeful perspective A change in our Perspective often requires a mind-shift   Paul encouraged the Philippians to be mindful of their thinking and attitude    If you have an …

Perspective: Now What?
August 13, 2023

Perspective:  Now What? Philippians 1:2-7   In the difficult times we need perspective In writing to the Philippians one constant theme for Paul is joy    In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, Philippi …

Discipleship 101: Holy Expectations
July 23, 2023

                                                              Holy Expectations                                                               Hebrews 10:23-25   Expectations are a part of life God’s expectation for us is spiritual growth Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that b …

Discipleship 101: Big Questions
July 14, 2023

Discipleship 101: Big Questions I Peter 3:15  We should be ready to share our faith and recommend our Church!   “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)   1 Why do people …

Wesley’s Revival: Holy Strategy
July 9, 2023

Wesley’s Revival:   Holy Strategy Romans 10:12-15   Sabbatical Trip – discover the Wesleys   What contributed to their holy fire?           Family influences           A Seeking heart           A new experience of grace           Inward faith in Jesus and outward action of love were a stro …

Wesley’s Revival: Faith and Love
July 2, 2023

 Wesley’s Revival: Faith and Love  Matt 22:34-40 We have a wonderful heritage of religious, political and economic freedom in America Hallelujah for all those who’ve paid the price to win and preserve our freedoms Hallelujah for all those who helped provide the strong faith foundation in our nation. …

Wesley’s Revival – Saving Grace
June 25, 2023

Wesley’s Revival  – Saving Grace                                                       Rom 5:1-2 Sabbatical Trip  –   Discover the Wesley’s What contributed to their holy fire?            Family Influences            A Seeking Heart                                  A new experience of grace    …

Wesley’s Revival: “Seeking Heart”
June 18, 2023

Wesley’s Revival:   “Seeking Heart”                                                                      I Peter 1:13-16 Sabbatical Trip –    Discover the Wesley’s   What contributed to their holy fire?         Family influences   John & Charles Wesley both had a seeking heart     …

Wesley’s Revival: Family Influences
June 11, 2023

Wesley’s Revival: Family Influences II Tim 1:5-9   Sabbatical Trip: Discover the Wesley’s What contributed to their holy fire? They had strong family influences Grandfathers – both pastors influenced by Puritans Father – Samuel Wesley – Church of England pastor, St Andrew’s, Epworth Mother – Su …

Blessed Homes: Persecuted
May 28, 2023

Blessed Homes: Persecuted  Matthew 5:10-12   Jesus teaching about the beatitudes can be applied to our homes   We are not just a Christian home; we are a Christ-centered family   Today’s key thought: If you are a Christ centered family, you will be persecuted   Blessed are those …

Blessed Homes: Pure in Heart
May 21, 2023

Blessed Homes: Pure in Heart  Matt 5:8   Jesus’ teaching about the beatitudes can be applied to our homes   Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (NIV) Without Christ, there is no such thing as a pure heart    The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond c …

Blessed Homes: Peacemakers
May 14, 2023

                                                                       Blessed Homes:  Peacemakers                                                                        Matt 5:9     Jesus’ teaching about the beatitudes can be applied to our homes   God wants our homes to be character …

Blessed Homes: Righteousness
May 7, 2023

                                                          Blessed Homes:  Righteousness                                                                         Matt 5:6   How many of us would like to have blessed homes?   Jesus’ teaching about the beatitudes can be applied to our homes …

Hope Alive : Peter
April 30, 2023

Hope Alive :     Peter John 21:15-19   Jesus’ resurrection is the “God thing” that legitimized everything Jesus said and did   Jesus’ resurrection had a huge impact on his followers   Peter was serious about his discipleship    “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you …

Hope Alive: Thomas’ Struggle
April 23, 2023

Hope Alive:   Thomas’ Struggle John 20:24-29   Thomas could be declared the patron saint of the 21st century What about Thomas’ journey can speak to us?   Thomas was no coward    Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Joh …

Hope Alive: Mary
April 16, 2023

 Hope Alive: Mary  Acts 1:11-14 That first Holy week was an emotionally exasperating time No one experienced it with more depth of perspective than Mary, the mother of Jesus What about Mary’s journey can speak to our lives?   Mary had great expectations   You will be with child and give birth to a s …

From Despair to Hope
April 9, 2023

                                                      From Despair to Hope                                                    John 19:41-42;  20:1, 11-18 Jesus’ whole life was a sermon from God   1  In Jesus’ life,  God desires to communicate His heart, character, and will for humankind   …

Last Words: It is Finished / Into Your Hands I commit My Spirit
April 2, 2023

 “It is Finished / Into Your Hands I commit My Spirit”  John 19:30a Luke 23:45   In John – Jesus shouted, “It is finished” John 19:30a – a cry of victory   1 The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith  In the cross we find multiple meanings   24 I tell you the truth, unles …

Last Words: Today you will be with me in Paradise
March 26, 2023

 Last Words: Today you will be with me in Paradise Luke 23:32;39-43   Recall   –   “Father forgive them”                   “My God, My God Why Have you forsaken me?”   Today   –    Jesus’ last conversation with another human being   1   A lot can be known about Jesus by the company he …

Last Words: My God, Why Have you forsaken Me?
March 19, 2023

Last Words: My God, Why Have you forsaken Me?  Mark 15:29-34 Jesus had some things to say, and he wanted us to hear them The crowd surrounding Jesus 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, …

Last Words: Father Forgive Them
March 12, 2023

                                                       Last Words                                             Father Forgive Them                                                   Luke 23:26; 33-34a   In this series we’re going to consider Jesus’ last words from the cross. Death by crucifixion …

The Path
March 5, 2023

The Path Scripture reading Matthew 28: 16-20 (NIV)  16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been …

Letters from Jesus: Laodicea – Open your Heart
February 19, 2023

                                      Letters from Jesus:   Laodicea  – Open your Heart                                                            Revelation 3:14-22   Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to Seven particular Churches        “Write on a scroll what you se …

Letters from Jesus: Philadelphia – Hold On
February 12, 2023

 Letters from Jesus: Philadelphia – Hold On  Revelation 3:7-13 Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to Seven particular Churches “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, & Laodicea.” Revela …

Letters from Jesus: Sardis – Wake Up
February 5, 2023

                                   Letters from Jesus:   Sardis  – Wake Up                                                           Revelation 3:1-6 Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to Seven particular Churches      “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven chu …

Letters from Jesus: Thyatira – Idols & Immorality
January 29, 2023

                                  Letters from Jesus:   Thyatira  – Idols & Immorality                                                          Revelation 2:18-29 Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to Seven particular Churches      “Write on a scroll what you see and send it …

Letters from Jesus: Pergamum – No Compromise
January 22, 2023

 Letters from Jesus: Pergamum – No Compromise  Revelation 2:12-17   Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to Seven particular Churches   “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, & …

Letters from Jesus: Smyrna – Be Faithful
January 15, 2023

                                           Letters from Jesus:   Smyrna  – Be Faithful                                                       Revelation 2:8-11   Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to Seven particular Churches        “Write on a scroll what you see and s …

Letters from Jesus: Ephesus – First Love
January 8, 2023

                                           Letters from Jesus:   Ephesus – First Love                                                       Revelation 2:1-7   What would Jesus think if he came and visited Churches in our community?   What would Jesus think if He came and visited our church …

The Wonder of Christmas: His Birth
December 25, 2022

The Wonder of Christmas: His Birth  Hebrews 4:14-16     What happened on that first Christmas was messy   Jesus did come to get messy   Shepherds were messy people with messy lives   Our imperfect and sometimes messy lives do not disqualify us   Since then we have a gre …

The Wonder of Christmas: Peace
December 18, 2022

                                                     The Wonder of Christmas:   Peace                                                         Psalm 23   When an experienced and well known shepherd is with the flock the sheep feel a sense of peace   The wonder of Christmas includes peace be …

The Wonder of Christmas: Love
December 11, 2022

                                                   The Wonder of Christmas:   Love                                                              Luke 2:1-14   Being curious is one of the traits that helps us experience the wonder of Christmas Will read Luke 2:1-14 The angel actress preparing for …

The Wonder of Christmas: Joy
December 4, 2022

The Wonder of Christmas:  Joy Matthew 2: 1-12 There is a wonder of joy waiting to be experienced this Christmas   There was great joy for the wisemen in seeking  and finding Jesus.               Their story is told in Matthew 2:1-12                 Out of joy the wiseman must have con …

The Wonder of Christmas: Hope
November 27, 2022

                                    The Wonder of Christmas:  Hope                                                    Isaiah 7:10-17   Part of the Wonder of Christmas is how God chose to give needed hope to His people              Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, th …

A Great Thanksgiving
November 19, 2022

A Great Thanksgiving Psalm 100   In Psalm 100 – Five key words that describe the essence of Thanksgiving   Joy   “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 100:1 (NIV)   Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return, the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; bl …

Transformed Life: Filling the Bucket to Overflowing
November 13, 2022

                          Transformed Life     “Filling the Bucket to Overflowing”                                                               Matt 6:25-33                We make a commitment because God first made a commitment to us.      For God so loved the world that he gave his only …

Transformed Life: Offering a Drink of Cold Water
November 6, 2022

                                                                Transformed Life                                                   “Offering a Drink of Cold Water”   6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, …

Transformed Life: Pennies in the Fountain
October 30, 2022

                                                               Transformed Life                                                         “Pennies in the Fountain”                                                              II Corinthians 9:6-8 I need a transformed life! When you throw pennies in a f …

Transformed Life: Jumping in with both Feet
October 23, 2022

                                                             Transformed Life                                                      “Jumping in with both Feet”                                                               Hebrews 10:21-25   Who doesn’t need a transformed life?  Preparation and c …

Transformed Life: Drawing Water
October 16, 2022

                                                             Transformed Life                                                               Drawing Water                                                                Psalm 86:1-7   I need one – a transformed life Our steps of commitment prime t …

Transformed Life: Priming the Pump
October 9, 2022

  Transformed Life                                                     Priming the Pump                                                           John 4:7-15   Surely the pastor’s got it figured out Passion leaks! Often our soul is thirsty,   but we try things that don’t satisfy …

Powerful Prayer: Part IV
October 2, 2022

Powerful Prayer – The hour that changes the world 12 Step Plan Part IV Joshua 1:7-8     Today we celebrate 68 years of ministry in Tulsa – Happy birthday Christ Church!    “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” Matt 26:40”    “watch and pray so that you will not fall in …

Powerful Prayer – Part III
September 25, 2022

Powerful Prayer – Part III I Chronicles 4:9-10   Prayer is simply communication with God   Praise – Celebrate God’s goodness  Ps 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Waiting – Silent Surrender  Ps. 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God” Confession – Temple Cleansing Ti …

Powerful Prayer – Part II
September 18, 2022

Powerful Prayer – The hour that changes the world  12 Step Plan Part II Psalm 119:103-105   There is power in prayer In the O.T. there are wonderful examples of giants in prayer We can have our own personal prayer relationship with our heavenly Father   Review: 12 Step Plan in Prayer – Par …

Powerful Prayer: Part I
September 11, 2022

 Powerful Prayer – The hour that changes the world  12 Step Plan Part 1 Matt 26:36-46   God hears and cares and answers our prayers How many of us pray regularly? Jesus knew that He needed to commune daily with His father   1 Jesus was intentional about prayer    Then Jesus went with …

Unlikely Heroes: Samson
September 4, 2022

 Samson: Flawed Leader  Judges 16:15-21 Samson was an unlikely hero Samson’s birth was miraculous    A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. [3] The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and ch …

Gideon: A Frustrated Leader
August 28, 2022

                                    Gideon:   A Frustrated Leader                                              Judges 6:11-16   The world is always in need of heroes Seeds of heroism lay dormant inside each of us Gideon – another unlikely hero from the bible   Gideon was a harassed farmer …

Joshua & Caleb: Unpopular Leaders
August 21, 2022

Joshua & Caleb: Unpopular Leaders Numbers 13:25-14:10 The world is always in need of heroes We’d like to somehow be a hero and are drawn to other hero stories too Like superheroes, we have challenges, struggles and flaws yet hope to overcome them God used unlikely heroes to do amazing things in …

Moses: A Leader in Process
August 14, 2022

 Moses: A Leader in Process  Exodus 33:7-17   Who hasn’t dreamed of being a hero? We’d like to somehow be a hero and are drawn to other hero stories too Like superheroes, we have challenges, struggles, and flaws yet hope to overcome them God called Moses to step out of his comfort zone and step …

Wisdom from Proverbs: Finances of the Wise
July 24, 2022

 Wisdom from Proverbs: Finances of the Wise  Prov 3:9-10; 19:17; 22:7, 23:4: 22:4   Join the “Summertime Wisdom seeking Team   Wisdom is the most precious gift we can have    Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God. I Corinthians 1:30 (NIV)   The whole area of finances is …

Wisdom from Proverbs: Wisdom at Work
July 17, 2022

Wisdom from Proverbs: Wisdom at Work  Proverbs 6:9-11, 12:18 16:18   Join the “Summertime Wisdom seeking Team”   Wisdom is the most precious gift we can have    Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God. I Cor 1:30 (NIV)   Healthy fear, honor, respect, and reverence for God …

Wisdom from Proverbs: Insights on Friendship
July 10, 2022

                        Wisdom from Proverbs –  Insights on Friendship                                              Proverbs 18:24   Join the “Summer time Wisdom seeking Team”   Wisdom is the most precious possession we can have              Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from …

Freedom for All
July 3, 2022

                                                               “Freedom for All”                                                        Luke  4:16-21     Do you have some favorite 4th of July memories?   July 4th is about remembering all the sacrifices people have made throughout thes …

Wisdom from Proverbs: Character of the Wise
June 26, 2022

                       Wisdom from Proverbs:   Character of the Wise   Wisdom is the most precious possession we can have              Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God.    I Cor 1:30 (NIV)   Proverbs has a lot to say about character.   What is character?    “the men …

Wisdom from Proverbs: Wisdom for Families
June 19, 2022

                     Wisdom from Proverbs:   Wisdom for Families                                   Proverbs 1:8;   14:26;  15:1,  27:17   Wisdom is the most precious possession we can have              Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God.    I Cor 1:30 (NIV)   Proverbs has …

Wisdom from Proverbs: Where Wisdom Begins
June 12, 2022

                        Wisdom from Proverbs:   Where Wisdom Begins                                                             Prov 1:1-7 When I was younger there were a lot of things on my mind and much of it was foolishness  We need wisdom in every aspect of our lives A great practical source for …

God is Near the Brokenhearted
May 29, 2022

God is Near the Brokenhearted Pastor Jim Stilwell Scripture Psalms 34:1-8,17-19 (NLT) 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV David praises the Lord Psalm 34:1 NLT Why is praising God important? Psalm 150:6 (NIV) David prayed or sought the Lord Psalm 34:4 NLT You will be radiant with Joy Taste and see the Lord is good I …

1 Peter 1:  Action Steps
May 22, 2022

                                       1 Peter 1:  Action Steps                                               1 Peter 1:13-16   1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)  13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. …

1 Peter 1: Faith in Trials
May 15, 2022

1 Peter 1: Faith in Trials   1 Peter 1:6-9 (NIV) 6  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine …

1 Peter 1: Hope & Future
May 8, 2022

                                        “1 Peter 1”      Hope & Future                         1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, …

I Peter 1: Chosen Ones
May 1, 2022

                                              I Peter 1:  Chosen Ones                        1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)   Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2  who have been chosen according to the …

Jesus Encounters: Believe
April 24, 2022

                                              Jesus Encounters:  Believe                                                        John 20:19-31   Jesus’ resurrection for you and me means:    Forgiveness,  Hope,  Eternity with God!   When we think of Thomas we often associate him with doubt …

Jesus Encounters: Victory
April 17, 2022

                                           Jesus Encounters:  Victory                                                    Mark 16:1-7   What was so amazing about Jesus?   His teaching   When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, Matthew 7:28 (N …

Jesus Encounters: Compromise
April 10, 2022

Jesus Encounters:  Compromise  Matthew 27:11-26 On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey” Zechariah 9:9 (NIV)  There …

Jesus Encounters: Restoration
April 3, 2022

Jesus Encounters:  Restoration Mark 14:27-31; 66-72   Jesus willingly chose the way of sacrifice, the way of the cross for us Jesus had compassion and love for the people he encountered along the way            When you discover the truth about Jesus – your life can be changed Peter was another …

Jesus Encounters: Betrayal
March 27, 2022

Jesus Encounters:   Betrayal  Mark 14:43-50 Jesus knew what awaited him in Jerusalem 31  Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32  He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They w …

Jesus Encounters: Extravagance
March 20, 2022

Jesus Encounters:  Extravagance   Mark 14:1-9   Jesus knew what awaited him in Jerusalem:    18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19  and will turn him over to the Gentiles to …

Jesus Encounters:   Healing
March 13, 2022

Jesus Encounters:   Healing Mark 5:22-43   Jesus knew what awaited him in Jerusalem   33  “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34  w …

Jesus Encounters: Deliverance  
March 6, 2022

                                Jesus Encounters: Deliverance                                                Mark 5:1-20   Jesus knew what awaited him in Jerusalem   33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the la …

The New You: Disciple
February 27, 2022

 The New You: Disciple  Matt 9:9   “If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! II Cor 5:17 (NIV)   What do you think of when you hear the word “Christian”?   Jesus called people to be his disciple    As Jesus was walking along, he saw …

The New You: Salt & Light
February 20, 2022

The New You:  Salt and Light Matt 5:13-16   “If anyone is in Christ he or she is a new creation.   The old has gone, the new has come!      II Cor 5:17 (NIV)  When you know who you are, you’ll know what to do  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not …

The New You: Overcomer
February 13, 2022

The New You:   Overcomer Romans 8:31-32, 35, 37  In Christ there is a New You!                  When you know who you are,   you’ll know what to do  If anyone is in Christ he or she is a new creation,  the old has gone,  the new has come! II Cor 5:17 (NIV),   With Christ,  you are an overcomer …If G …

The New You:  Masterpiece
February 6, 2022

The New You:  Masterpiece Ephesian 2:8-10 In Christ there is a new you!      Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV)              “When you know who you are, you’ll know what to do” Without Christ, there’s something wrong with you …

The New You:   Ambassador
January 30, 2022

                                            The New You:   Ambassador                                                  II Cor 5:17-18; 20 As a follower of Jesus, God gives you a new identity Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor. 5:17 (NIV …

Equipped for Victory: Every Spiritual Blessing
January 23, 2022

Every Spiritual Blessing Jim Stilwell January 23, 2022   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Chri …

Equipped for Victory: First Things
January 2, 2022

                                                            First Things                                                             Matthew 6:31-33   What kind of year was 2021 for you spiritually? What are your hopes and prayers for 2022?          My vision –   1)  Re-engage & Re-con …

The Majesty of Christmas:  Jesus
December 24, 2021

                                      The Majesty of Christmas:  Jesus                                                        Matt 2:10-11 Everyone can be a star in pointing people to Jesus  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11  And going into the house they saw the c …

Witness His Majesty: Shepherd’s Witness
December 19, 2021

                         Witness His Majesty:    Shepherd’s Witness                                                         Luke 2:8-20   Throughout this Advent season we’ve been seeking to witness Jesus’ Majesty The Shepherds too experienced proclamation about the birth of this special baby in …

Witness His Majesty:  Innkeeper’s Action  
December 12, 2021

                              Witness His Majesty:    Innkeeper’s Action                                                               Luke 2:1-7 Throughout this Advent season we are seeking to witness Jesus’ Majesty Isaiah the prophet spoke of  a coming child For to us a child is born, to us a son …

Witness His Majesty:  A Father’s Dream
December 5, 2021

Witness His Majesty:    A Father’s Dream Matthew 1:18-25   Throughout this Advent season we are seeking to witness Jesus’ Majesty God entered our world through Jesus to save us from the oppression of our sin Our sin nature separates us from God and creates tension and strife between us and one …

Witness His Majesty:   A Mother’s Heart
November 28, 2021

                                      Witness His Majesty:    A Mother’s Heart                                                             Luke 1:26-38 Throughout this Advent season we are seeking to witness Jesus’ Majesty At the heart of our gospel story is the incarnation “Joseph son of David, do …

Core Values:   Missions and Outreach
November 21, 2021

                           Core Values:   Missions and Outreach                                            Matthew  28-19-20       Core values anchor our walk with Jesus and strengthen the ministry of our Church The disciples were compelled to share the good news of Jesus Christ.    Objections: …

Core Values:  Ministry
November 14, 2021

                                   Core Values:  Ministry                                           Romans 12:4-8 Core values anchor our walk with Jesus and strengthen the ministry of our Church God equips his people to do various works of ministry Objections: I don’t have time. I don’t have talents …

Core Values: Discipleship
November 7, 2021

Core Values:   Discipleship Matt 16:24-25 Core values anchor our walk with Jesus and strengthen the ministry of our Church Every one of us need people we can look up to Discipleship – the process, the journey of following Jesus                       Common Barriers: I don’t have time I don’t ne …

Core Values:   Fellowship
October 31, 2021

Core Values:   Fellowship I John 1:5-7 Core values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our Church God gives us new fellowship with other believers in the body of Christ God calls all kinds of people to be part of the Church                Criticisms about fellowship:  It’ …

Core Values: Worship
October 24, 2021

                                                         Core Values:  Worship                                                                  Psalm 95:6-7   Core values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our Church   God Almighty is worthy of our worship …

Core Values: Stewardship
October 17, 2021

                                   Core Values:  Stewardship                                              Malachi 3:10 Core Values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our church   Stewardship – using our time, talents and treasure as gifts from God to glorify him …

Core Values: Prayer
October 10, 2021

Core Values :  Prayer Philippians 4:6-7   Core values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our Church  We want to cultivate a church wide focus on prayer    Common Questions about prayer: Does prayer really work? Why do I need to pray? Why do some prayers go unanswere …

Core Values: Holy Spirit
October 3, 2021

                                  Core Values:  Holy Spirit                                                 Acts 1:8 Core values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our Church  What are some concerns about the Holy Spirit? The work of the Holy Spirit is frightening & …

Core Values: Scripture
September 26, 2021

Core Values:  Scripture  2 Tim 3:16 Core values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our Church The Scriptures have authority to speak God’s grace and truth into our lives What are arguments against this value? The bible is not reliable The bible was written by humans The …

Core Values: Salvation
September 19, 2021

                                        Core Values:   Salvation                                                Romans 1:16-17   Core values anchor our everyday discipleship and strengthen the ministry of our church Mission: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” …

I Believe…in the Resurrection of the Body
September 12, 2021

I believe in the Resurrection of the body John 6:38,   I Corinthians 15:35-38; 42-44; 51-57   The Apostles’ Creed helps us remember the core beliefs of our Christian faith Today:    “I believe in the Resurrection of the body   The apostles experienced Jesus’ resurrection. “Why are you troubled, …

Labor of Love
September 5, 2021

A Labor of Love Pastor Jim Stilwell 11 At this time Jesus was getting close to entering Jerusalem. The crowds that followed him were convinced that God’s kingdom would fully manifest when Jesus established it in Jerusalem. 12 So he told them this story to change their perspective: “Once a wealthy pr …

I Believe…in the Forgiveness of sins 
August 29, 2021

                                                 I believe in the Forgiveness of sins                                                               Luke 24:44-49   The Apostles’ Creed helps us remember the core beliefs of our Christian faith Today:    “I believe in the forgiveness of Sins When …

I Believe…in the Holy Universal Church
August 22, 2021

                                        I believe in the Holy Universal Church,                                                   the Communion of Saints                                   Matthew 16:18        I Peter 2:9-10      Ephesians 4:3-6 The Apostles’ Creed helps us remember the core beliefs …

I Believe…in the Holy Spirit
August 15, 2021

I believe in the Holy Spirit  John 7:37-39       Acts 2:36-39 The Apostles’ Creed helps us remember the core beliefs of our Christian faith Today: “I believe in the Holy Spirit” The Holy Spirit is the promised gift of God to all who believe in Jesus  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one …

        I believe…He Shall Come to Judge the Living and the Dead
August 8, 2021

                                 I believe…He Shall Come to Judge the Living and the Dead                                            II Peter 3:3-10     II Tim 4:1-2      Acts 17:30-31         The Apostles’ Creed helps us connect the core beliefs of our faith with our everyday lives 6 of the 12 …

I believe…He Ascended into Heaven and sits at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty
July 18, 2021

I believe…He Ascended into Heaven and sits at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty                                            Luke 24:50-53   Hebrews 7:22-25   The Apostles’ Creed helps us connect the core beliefs of our faith with our everyday lives  Six of the 12 affirmations in the Cree …

I Believe…He Descended to the Dead, the Third Day He Rose from the Dead
July 11, 2021

               I Believe…He Descended to the Dead, the Third Day He Rose from the Dead                                        I Peter 3:18-20           I Cor 15:3-8 Because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we no longer have to fear death The Apostles’ Creed is structured around the Trinity Jes …

I Believe…Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried
July 4, 2021

I Believe…“Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried”                                                 John 19:18-22      Isaiah 53:5-6     We are celebrating our freedoms as Americans        We are celebrating our freedoms in Christ            “if the Son sets you free, you …

I Believe…Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary
June 27, 2021

                     I Believe…Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary                                           Matt 1:20-23             Luke  1:30-35     In every age it is important for Christ followers to talk about what we believe and why The Apostles’ Creed reflects what the earl …

I Believe…in Jesus Christ,  His Only Son,  Our Lord
June 19, 2021

                                   I Believe……in Jesus Christ,  His Only Son,  Our Lord                                                                   Philippians 2:5-11   Today many people don’t know what to believe Now is a good time to look back into our Christian faith heritage Creed fro …

I Believe…in God, the Father Almighty
June 13, 2021

                                                I Believe……   in God, the Father Almighty                                                           Creator of heaven and earth   People of God 3000 years ago:           “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”   Judges 21:25   Toda …

I wonder about life after death?
May 23, 2021

I wonder about life after death? John 14:1-3 Today is Pentecost Sunday It is natural and OK to have big “God” questions I wonder about life after death?   Many people choose to ignore the subject of death altogether We are afraid of those things that we don’t understand and can’t control We should f …

I Wonder about Miracles in the Bible?
May 16, 2021

I wonder about miracles in the Bible? John 2:1-11 It is natural and OK to have big “God” questions Question:  I wonder about miracles in the bible?   Miracles are a significant part of Holy Scripture We must understand the purpose of miracles The miracles reveal the nature of God The miracles of Jes …

I Wonder about God’s will for my Life?
May 9, 2021

                                         I wonder about God’s will for my life?                                                          Romans 12:2-2   It is natural and OK to have big “God” questions   Question:  I wonder about God’s will for my life?   God deeply desires for u …

I wonder why my prayers go unanswered?
May 2, 2021

I Wonder…why my Prayers go Unanswered? Luke 11:1-13   It is natural and OK to have big “God” questions   Question:  I wonder why my prayers go unanswered?   Consider the experience of Jesus and Paul           And yet Jesus taught us:   Ask and it will be given to you; seek a …

I Wonder…Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?
April 25, 2021

I Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People? Habakkuk 1:2-4     Romans 8:35; 37-39   It is natural and OK to have big “God” questions   Age old question:    I wonder why bad things happen to good people?   Theodicy Question:  why a good God permits the manifestation of evil?   …

I Wonder…If God Exists?
April 18, 2021

                                                     I wonder….. if God exists?                                                               Genesis 1:1-5            It’s natural to ask big “God” questions         What questions would you ask God?  It is OK to have big “God” questions          …

Holy Week: Hearts on Fire
April 11, 2021

                                                               Holy Week:  Hearts on Fire                                                                              Luke 24:13-35 Those earliest disciples were:  Distraught     He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”   T …

Holy Week: His Resurrection
April 4, 2021

                                                     Holy Week: His Resurrection                                                               Luke 24:1-12                                                           What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me, …

Holy Week: His Death
March 28, 2021

                                           Holy Week: His Death on the Cross                                                            Luke 23:32-43 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”  Matthe …

Holy Week: His Trial
March 21, 2021

Holy Week: His Trial       Luke 23:13-25 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me”  Matt 16:24   Sunday – a day of celebration                         Monday – a day of strong emotions Tuesday – a d …

Holy Week: His Last Supper
March 14, 2021

                                                 Holy Week – His Last Supper                                                              Luke 22:14-20 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me,  he must deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me”  Ma …

Holy Week: His Teaching
March 7, 2021

                                                  Holy Week: His Teaching                                                              Matt 22:15-33 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today? If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me”  Matt 16:24  …

Holy Week: His Cleansing the Temple
February 28, 2021

                                   Holy Week:  His Cleansing the Temple                                                          Luke 19:41-46    What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today? If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”  Matt 16:24 Sund …

Holy Week: His Triumphal Entry
February 21, 2021

                                                 Holy Week:  His Triumphal Entry                                                       Luke 19:28-40        During Lent Christ followers traditionally repent and reflect           If anyone would come after me,  he must deny himself, take up his cross, …

Remarkable Relationships: Awesome Friends
February 14, 2021

                                            Remarkable Relationships:   Awesome Friends                                                     Matthew 7:12   God has created you for remarkable relationships. Why You need awesome friends:        1  for spiritual growth        2  for emotional suppo …

Remarkable Relationships: Family Ties
February 7, 2021

                                                         Remarkable Relationships:  Family Ties                                                                    Nehemiah 4:14b God has created you for remarkable relationships!  Nehemiah:   sometimes you have to fight for your family            …

Remarkable Relationships: Different Gifts
January 31, 2021

                                                          Remarkable Relationships:   Different Gifts                                                                        I Cor 7:7 God has created you for remarkable relationships              Christ has come that we might have remarkable rela …

Steps to Victory: Avoid People Pleasing
January 24, 2021

                                                    Steps to Victory:  Avoid People Pleasing                                                                    Proverbs 29:25 Trying to please everyone is a frustrating way to live     “ It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, b …

Steps to Victory: Stress Busters
January 17, 2021

                                        Steps to Victory:  Stress Busters                                                                Phil 4:6-8 God has provided us steps to victory   Stress in America is at record levels   God promises you a more peaceful / less stressed mind   If …

Steps to Victory: Winning Choices
January 10, 2021

                                                                Steps to Victory:                                                              “Winning Choices”                                                                      Ps 139:14 God has provided you steps to victory.    I praise you becau …

Faithful Simeon
December 27, 2020

Faithful Simeon Luke 2:25-35     Simeon was a righteous and devout man   Simeon was waiting for the promised Messiah to come.   The meaning of Simeon’s name is “hearing.”   Luke 2:29-32   29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,     you may now dismiss[a] your servant …

The Glory of Christmas: A Star
December 24, 2020

                                                    The Glory of Christmas:  A Star   Everyone can be a star in pointing people to Jesus   When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down a …

The Glory of Christmas: Wise Men
December 20, 2020

                                     The Glory of Christmas:  Wise Men                                                 Matt 2:1-2; 9-11   There is a unique glory, weightiness, and importance that surrounds the Christmas story!   Mary chose to trust even when God radically changed her plans …

The Glory of Christmas: Shepherds
December 13, 2020

The Glory of Christmas:  Shepherds Luke 2:8-15 There is something glorious, weighty, important about Christmas!   Mary trusted even when God radically changed her plans   Joseph –  God often picks unlikely people to do incredible things   The Shepherds story reminds us that God’s glor …

The Glory of Christmas: Joseph
December 6, 2020

                                                  The Glory of Christmas:  Joseph                                                                Matt 1:18-25   Mary trusted even when God radically changed her plans   God often picks unlikely people to do incredible things   God uses i …

The Glory of Christmas: Mary
November 29, 2020

                                             The Glory of Christmas:  Mary                                                            Luke 1:26-38   The Good Shepherd is more than able to carry us this Christmas                    Hebrew    “Kavod”   =   Glory,   Weight,   Importance …

Give Thanks
November 22, 2020

                                                       “Give Thanks”                                                       Ephesians 5:20   always give thanks to God the Father for everything,  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”  Ephes 5:20 (NCV)   Thanksgiving is going to be different …

Jesus’ Prayer: Kingdom, Power, Glory
November 15, 2020

                                 Jesus’ Prayer:  Kingdom,  Power,  Glory                                                     Matthew 6:9-13  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive …

Jesus’ Prayer:   Temptation & Evil
November 8, 2020

                                             Jesus’ Prayer:   Temptation & Evil                                                             Matthew 6:9-13  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily …

Jesus’ Prayer: Forgive us our Debts
November 1, 2020

                                         Jesus’ Prayer:  Forgive us our Debts                                                            Matthew 6:9-13    Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily …

Jesus’ Prayer: Give us Daily Bread
October 25, 2020

                               Jesus’ Prayer:  “Give us this day our daily Bread”                                                 Matthew 6:9-13     Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread …

Jesus’ Prayer: Your Will be Done
October 18, 2020

                                                    Jesus’ Prayer    “Your Will be Done”                                                                   Matthew 6:9-13  ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us t …

Jesus’ Prayer: Your Kingdom Come
October 11, 2020

                                             Jesus’ Prayer       “Your Kingdom Come”                                                                       Matt 6:9-13 “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us toda …

Jesus’ Prayer: Hallowed be Your Name
October 4, 2020

                                                  Jesus’ Prayer:   “Hallowed be Your Name”                                                                     Matt 6:9-13     This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10  your kingdom come, your will be done o …

Jesus’ Prayer: Our Father in Heaven
September 27, 2020

                                Jesus’ Prayer: “Our Father in Heaven”                                                                     Matt 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …

Ten Commandments
September 20, 2020

                                                       Ten Commandments                                                             Exodus 20:1-17 The Ten Commandments provide another anchor for our lives We need to take the Ten Commandments seriously – they guide our lives The Ten commandments fill …

God’s Workmanship
September 6, 2020

God’s Workmanship Ephesians 2:4-10 On this Labor Day weekend we honor and celebrate all workers In middle of this pandemic we also regularly look to God In the middle of a pandemic it’s helpful to answer two age old questions:                              Who are we?                              Why …

Kingdom Values: Gratitude
August 30, 2020

Kingdom Values:    Gratitude Luke 17:11-19 What to do in a crisis?           Stick close to Jesus                                                Hold onto Kingdom Values So far:    Honor, Loyalty, Integrity Today –   Gratitude:   the quality of being thankful                     Are you counting tri …

Kingdom Values: Integrity
August 23, 2020

                                             Kingdom Values:   Integrity                                                        Psalm 15:1-5 This Covid-19 crisis and everything related has been unsettling in many ways            Integrity:   When your behavior matches your beliefs   The integrity of …

Kingdom Values: Loyalty
August 16, 2020

                                              Kingdom Values:  Loyalty                                                        Matt 26:33-35   1 This Covid-19 crisis has brought change to many of our lives                A lot of us are hurting because of these changes   2  We need to …

Kingdom Values: Honor
August 9, 2020

Kingdom Values:  Honor Mark 6:1-6 1) We’ve been moving away from biblical values to a more secular approach   2) One Kingdom value:    Honor        Honor:  To value, respect, highly esteem; to treat as precious, valuable        Honor is often very prominent in other cultures 3) Jesus’ hometown was d …

Why Doesn’t God Seem Fair?
April 17, 2016

                                                           Why doesn’t God seem fair?                                                                      James 1:2-4   Throughout our journey of faith we have common questions   Why doesn’t God seem fair?   Why are these bad things happenin …

Fear of Losing Control
November 22, 2015

                                                            Fear of Losing Control                                                         Proverbs 12:25    Isaiah 26:3 Part of everyday life is facing our fears God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Ti …

Everyday Struggles: Defeating Depression
July 19, 2020

                                                             Everyday Struggles                                                         “Defeating Depression”                                                                                                                      Psalm 42:1-11   Ste …

Everyday Struggles: Dealing with Anger
July 12, 2020

 Everyday Struggles  “Dealing with Anger”                                   Ephesians 4:26-27                                         In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you’re still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”  Eph 4:26-27  (NIV)          Four Principles in …

Pentecost People: Holy Boldness
July 5, 2020

                                          Pentecost People:  Holy Boldness                                                              Acts 5:27-42 Peter and the apostles practiced holy boldness “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your …

Pentecost People: Revolutionary Generosity
June 28, 2020

                                  Pentecost People:  Revolutionary Generosity                                                    Acts 4:29-35 God’s Pentecost people express revolutionary generosity The power of the Holy Spirit continued to be manifested in the early Church  Now, Lord, consider …

Pentecost People: Loving Witness
June 21, 2020

                                    Pentecost People:  Loving Witness                                                   Acts  4:1-21 God’s Pentecost people share a loving witness Peter and John were jailed because of their teaching and preaching about Jesus     They were greatly disturbed because th …

Pentecost People: Compassionate Care
June 14, 2020

                                Pentecost People:  Compassionate Care                                                     Acts 3:1-10   During this Pentecost season we are having a huge discussion about racial injustice   How do the stories and practices of these early Pentecost people inf …

Pentecost People: Dynamic Discipleship
June 7, 2020

                                    Pentecost People:  Dynamic Discipleship                                                       Acts 2:22-24; 36-42 When the day of Pentecost came, the disciples were filled with the promised Holy Spirit Peter Preached about:              1    the Lordship of Jesus …

Pentecost People: Spirit Filled
May 31, 2020

                                           Pentecost People:  Spirit Filled                                                        Acts 2:1-13 Today is Pentecost Sunday God values: timing  “When the day of Pentecost came…. “    Acts 2:1a (NIV)  community                  “….. they were all together …

Worship: Spirit & Truth
May 24, 2020

                                                Worship:  Spirit & Truth                                                               Psalm 150 Our motivation in worship:    Reverence, Wonder, Thanksgiving   Our focus in worship:    God – the Father our Creator                              …

Worship: Motive & Focus
May 17, 2020

                                                         Worship:  Motive & Focus                                                                        Psalm 95:6-7   Worship keeps us grounded in a crisis   To worship means to give worth, honor, respect   Postures of worship:   b …

Resurrection Impact: Restoration
May 10, 2020

                                Resurrection Impact:  Restoration                                        John 21:15-17 Another resurrection impact for our lives – restoration Peter was probably feeling guilty     Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” Matthew 26:3 …

Resurrection Impact: A Calling
May 3, 2020

                                           Resurrection Impact:  A Calling                                                      John 21:1-14 Another resurrection impact for our lives –  a calling from God  Some of the disciples decided to go fishing     “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them …

Resurrection Impact: Assurance
April 26, 2020

                                  Resurrection Impact:  Assurance                                               John 20:19-29        Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that we can have assurance Jesus made another appearance to his disciples    “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the dis …

Resurrection Impact: Hope
April 19, 2020

                          Resurrection Impact: Hope                                        Luke 24:13-35   Jesus’ resurrection reminds us we are never without hope.   The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were struggling.     “we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem …

God’s Glorious Story: Shockwaves of Joy
April 12, 2020

Shockwaves of Joy Luke 24:1-12 Jesus’ resurrection has caused shockwaves of joy   His Holy week journey began with triumphant expectations   Triumphant expectations turned into hopeless despair    From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many …

God’s Glorious Story: Hosanna! Please Save Us!
April 5, 2020

Hosanna!  Please Save Us! Luke 21:1-11 Hosanna means “Please save us” This Covid-19 crisis may be a time of new openness In Jesus’ day there were those who wouldn’t accept him By the end of the week “Hosanna! Hosanna!”    had become “Crucify him!  Crucify him!” Why then and now are some hostile to J …

God’s Glorious Story: You Have a Story to Tell
March 29, 2020

You Have a Story to Tell God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)   Time and again the people of God faced fearful circumstances     God called them to choose faith    By exercising faith, they had a story to tell   Josh …

God’s Glorious Story: The Gospel in Miniature
March 22, 2020

                                    God’s Glorious Story:  The Gospel in Miniature                                                                       John 3:16 Series Theme:   God has a glorious story  This week:   “The Gospel in Miniature”      “For God so loved the world that he gave his one an …

God’s Glorious Story: Trusting God’s Goodness
March 15, 2020

God’s Glorious Story:   Trusting God’s Goodness Psalm 23:1-6      Philippians 4:6-7   The Holy Land trip was time to focus on God’s glorious story   Recent events have given us all much to be concerned about How do we trust God’s goodness in the midst of uncertainty? Remind ourselves of wh …

Defeating Evil
March 8, 2020

Defeating Evil Stephen Luttenberg Ministry is rooted in Prayer and fasting   Luke 4:1-2   The enemy is trying to get us to rely on the physical instead of the spiritual   Luke: 4:3-4  Nothing Satan has to offer is worth giving up a relationship with the father   Luke 4:5-8 God’s plan is far greater …

    Marriage:  Agony or Ecstasy?
February 23, 2020

                                                          Marriage:  Agony or Ecstasy?                                                                     Mark 10:6-8                                                                           There has always been a high value placed on singlenes …

Making Relationships Work
February 16, 2020

                                              Making Relationships Work                                                                  Matt 5:21-24 Our personal relationships are tremendously important  Jesus was concerned about our personal relationships 21  “You have heard that our ancestors wer …

Tough Questions: How Can I Stop Worrying?
February 9, 2020

                                 Tough Questions:  How can I stop worrying?                                                      Matthew 6:25-34   What Jesus had to say about worry:   It’s unreasonable       “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or dri …

Tough Questions: How Long Should I Pray?
February 2, 2020

                                       Tough Questions:   How Long Should I Pray?                                                             Luke 18:1-8 Why keep praying? It focuses my attention     “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4 (NIV)  It clarifies my reques …

Tough Questions: Why Do I Do Those Things?
January 26, 2020

                                   Tough Questions:    “Why Do I Do Those Things?”                                                            Romans 7:15 – 25 The Problem: My sinful nature “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the …

Tough Questions: How Can I Know God’s Will?
January 19, 2020

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”   Ephes. 5:15-17 (NIV)  How can I know God’s will? Knowing God’s will begins with a relationship St …

Away in a Manger: Wise Men
December 24, 2019

                                     Away in a Manger:     Wise men – Gifts for a King                                                              Matt 2:1-12   (NKJV)   Wise men from the east came bearing gifts Sometimes our experience of Christmas is not what it could be From the attitudes o …

Away in a Manger: Joseph
December 22, 2019

                                          Away in a Manger:  Joseph – Joy                                                             Matthew 1:18-25   Isaiah’s words encouraged hope then and now Mary experienced and shared great love for her son Jesus The Shepherds were on the scene when angel …

Away in a Manger: Shepherds
December 15, 2019

                                                    Away in a Manger:  Shepherds – Peace                                                             Luke 2:4-14   Isaiah’s words encouraged hope then and now Mary experienced and shared great love for her son Jesus The Shepherds were on the scene …

Away in a Manger: Mary
December 8, 2019

                                             Away in a Manger:  Mary                                             Luke 2:16-35   Isaiah’s writings spoke prophetically of Jesus’ coming Isaiah’s words encouraged hope then and now The arrival of Jesus was an advent of God’s love    “For God so …

Away in a Manger: Isaiah
December 1, 2019

                                           Away in a Manger:    Isaiah – Hope                                                  Isaiah 9:2, 6-7   The Scriptures surrounding the Christmas story are many and profound The characters of Christmas provide us points of connection with the story  The m …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Living in Gratitude
November 24, 2019

                                        Sharing God’s Blessings:   Living in Gratitude                                                         Philippians 4:4-8 Paul learned the joy of sharing God’s blessings He was grateful for the saints God put in his life  Paul was also so grateful for his relat …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Giving our Gratitude
November 17, 2019

Sharing God’s Blessings:  Giving our Gratitude Philippians 4:10-20 There is great joy in sharing our blessings with others! God loves to see us share our blessings through the body of Christ We are grateful for the saints God has placed in our lives I thank my God every time I remember you. In all m …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Praising Our Savior
November 10, 2019

Sharing God’s Blessings:   Praising our Savior                                                 Philippians 3:4-11 Paul wrote with great joy in his heart for the Philippians I thank my God every time I remember you. 4  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5  because of your partne …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Rejoicing in God’s Saints
November 3, 2019

 Sharing God’s Blessings:   Rejoicing in God’s Saints Philippians 1:1-6 Real joy in life comes from sharing God’s blessings Paul was in captivity when writing Philippians Paul commended them for sharing God’s blessings    Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with …

Excel in Everything
October 27, 2019

                                                      Excel in Everything                                                      2 Corinthians 8:1-7 The Church is God’s Plan A     The Church of Jesus Christ is the most powerful force for redemptive transformation on earth Paul makes his appeal on the …

Stores that Transform: Talents
October 13, 2019

                                            Stories that Transform:   Talents                                                   Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus told stories to make a point Context:   At this time Jesus was in the final week of his earthly life              It was a strong teaching and p …

Stories that Transform: Good Samaritan
October 6, 2019

Stories that Transform:   Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 Jesus told stories to make a point Context:  An expert in the law sought to test Jesus      On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25 (NIV)  He answered …

Stories that Transform: Unmerciful Servant
September 29, 2019

                                      Stories that Transform:    Unmerciful Servant                                                      Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus told stories to make a point    Context –    “How often do I have to forgive?”     Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times …

Pharisee / Tax Man
September 22, 2019

                                    Stories that Transform:    Pharisee  & Tax Man                                                     Luke 18:9-14   Jesus told stories to make a point Context:   Some people were self-righteous and looked down on others To some who were confident of their o …

Stories that Transform: Lost Sheep
September 15, 2019

Stories that Transform:    Lost Sheep Luke 15:1-7 There are so many compelling things about Jesus He was a great teacher Jesus told stories to make a point Context:    Jesus’ ministry was appealing to sinners  Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. Luke 15:1 (NIV …

Work: Blessing or Curse?
September 1, 2019

By Dr. Robert Mansfield   To many, work is a curse, a necessary evil. To Christians, work is a blessing, a means of serving God and neighbor. In the beginning, work was given as a privilege and joy. After the fall, work viewed as a punitive curse. Christ has overcome sin and removed the curse. …

Challenging Timothy
August 25, 2019

Mentoring: Challenging Timothy II Timothy 1:3-7 Mentoring relationships have a tremendous impact Throughout his life, Paul had a mentoring relationship with Timothy As he was nearing the end of his life, Paul wrote Timothy again 1 Paul wrote to encourage Timothy For this reason I remind you to fan i …

Calling Timothy
August 11, 2019

Mentoring: Calling Timothy I Tim 4:6-12 Missional Leader – in time of discontinuity help cultivate “missional imagination” “Breaking the Cycle” article – the power of a mentoring relationship ACE’s – Adverse Childhood experiences – Oklahoma leads the nation in child trauma As ACE’s increase risk of …

Coaching Timothy
August 18, 2019

Mentoring: Coaching Timothy I Timothy 2:1-6 Mentoring relationships can have a tremendous impact Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to straighten out the Church 3  As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 …